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October 19, 2018

Totnes is a much more characterful and environmentally-aware place than most, and on that basis I’ve had a think about how it’s future planning might be approached.

My previous post, Garden Cities – Regenerative Lessons for Now, outlined how continuin...

October 19, 2018

Garden Cities were a response to high density, poor quality development in the late Victorian era, with Ebenezer Howard laying out blueprints for more civilised and spacious patterns of development. ‘The people – where will they go?’ was his famous q...

January 25, 2018

The Orthodox Model for Locating New Development

The planning system has, since its inception, directed most new development to cities, towns and larger villages in the expectation that these were the most sustainable places for it. The idea is that by...

October 25, 2017

A perspective from the UK...

The Concept

Planning Perspective

The planning system has a basic orthodoxy - that development, in round terms, is less desirable than leaving land undeveloped. Development, then, is intrinsically harmful but required to meet...

October 23, 2017

This site is the home for the concept of Regenerative Settlement, something I have been working on for over a year now.

I am a geographer and a planner, who has tussled with the question of why new development, allowed by the planning system, often ma...

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